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My Olight M22 lanyard broke

So i was out at new year just now with my Olight M22 and suddenly i dropped the light and the damn lanyard broke? the thin part is broken very cheap quality there, its like 6 months old lol ? Can i get a new from olight if contact them ?

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If that really thin part of the lanyard gets pinned between the flashlight and a hard surface, the metal edge of the flashlight will cut right through it.

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Yep, sounds like operator error ‘mortuus’ if it broke as you say; when you dropped the light. It doesn’t appear “cheap” had anything to do with it if it is “broken” as you describe. “Broken” sounds like what ‘hank’ described….. “cut”.

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Something like THESE will usually work pretty good as long as the holes are wide enough.
I have also used a very small split ring in one of the holes on the light to attach the lanyard cord to , as they are not near as sharp as some of the lanyard holes I have seen.

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NO i mean i dropped the damn flashlight because suddenly the thin wire just snapped duuuh gravity lol ? see the picture.. i didnt do anything wrong.. ive had cheap flashlights for so many years and i never had a lanyard break down like this, last thing i expected from an olight is that to go down.. very dissapointed… see the picture the wires are really thin and m22 weighs a bit it should be alot thicker if u ask me…

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Oooooh, I see now……..
It broke before you dropped the light. (You dropped the light because it broke.)

Is there a sharp or rough edge on the light where the lanyard has been attached?
If so, maybe it has been slowly cutting into the lanyard over time and it finally just cut through.????

Just a thought……… Smile

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I have actually had a couple of lanyards “cut” or broke , from sharp edges that are in the very side edges of the holes that ended up just like that one. If you use the little spilt ring or the clip in type lanyard , as I mentioned above , you will have metal going through the hole and the lanyard string will not get near the abrasion or cutting effect with the string type , if there are any sharp edges on the lanyard holes.

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Check these lanyards from Simon (Convoy @Aliexpress). They’ve got both tail rope & key buckle and you can choose the color you prefer for a good price.

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no nothing sharp what i can see.. u can just say that olight dont bother making good lanyards it seems.. well no big deal just suprised i will get it a better one then hehe.

Actually now that i feel the hole for the lanyard it is a bit rough and sharp really design flaw there so no wonder it broke Sad so not sure if a normal one will work i need something thicker ?

@evankouros i will give those a try cheap to so might aswell buy a few.

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The holes should be chamfered or “fillet” rounded. Often they’re not, on cheap lights; that leaves a sharp 90-degree edge that wears/cuts through string over time.

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Something thicker might not fit. I think maybe you were just a bit unlucky. I expect this sort of micro-cord that lanyard strings are made from is a pretty standard thing and I, for one, have never heard of it failing under normal use. If you use it as your primary means to pull a torch out of your pocket or whatever, then there may well be a strain on it, hence your picture which seems to show some fraying. I think the more important consideration is: did the torch survive the impact??? You can buy like a dozen cheap lanyards off eBay for about £1 if you really need one.

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Lanyards you say ?

A small stainless steel split ring really does help to protect a lanyard from wear .

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A small stainless steel split ring really does help to protect a lanyard from wear .

Not only that’s true, but as far as I remember Olight gives a steel ring in the package of it’s flashlights, at least when there’s also a lanyard in the package. The thing is that most of us (me one of them) usually don’t use it.
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While It’s not the solution you want, you can feed it back through and tie it.
But definitely I would smooth the hole edge first or put a key ring through the hole and attach the lanyard to that. Depending how small the hole is you may need to drill it a bit larger to fit a key ring through it. I have done this on a few lights.

Also as mentioned earlier, lanyards are cheap on ebay.
Last order I got a 10 pack and put them on everything like camera, lights, etc.

Wow! Such bright! Many collection! Very torch! Amaze.

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hank wrote:
The holes should be chamfered or “fillet” rounded. Often they’re not, on cheap lights; that leaves a sharp 90-degree edge that wears/cuts through string over time.

Indeed, but this flashlight i paid almost 100$ for so i feel a bit ripped off they didnt bother to make that hole smoother….

yeah the flashlights survived lol not a dent on it, its impact proof so i expect no less.

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That thin string will fall under normal wear and tear and, as such, is up to the user to check and maintain. The mfr. is not likely to warranty a wear and tear item, or damages caused by failure due to lack of maintenance.

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+1 … Yep. Thumbs Up

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but this flashlight i paid almost 100$ for so i feel a bit ripped off

The more you pay the more it’s worth.

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mortuus wrote:
no nothing sharp what i can see.. u can just say that olight dont bother making good lanyards it seems.. well no big deal just suprised i will get it a better one then hehe.

I am pretty sure no flashlight manufacturer makes their own lanyards…
That would be a huge waste of effort and money.
They probably just bulk order them from china with the brand name printed on it.
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put a key ring through the hole and attach the lanyard to that
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That thin string will fall under normal wear and tear and, as such, is up to the user to check and maintain. The mfr. is not likely to warranty a wear and tear item, or damages caused by failure due to lack of maintenance.

give me a break, this is a flashlights that should come with a lanyard that will not break down so easy i didnt do any over wear really it just snapped, lucky u can easy switch it but still its silly the hole is big enough for a wire alot thicker , and its strange the lanyard to my s1 baton is identical to the m22, to me it should be thicker because the light is bigger and weights more dont u agree? olight dropped the ball here sadly. Thankfully the lights dont break so easily so im happy the light can sustain falls.

Keyring is a good suggestion think i will do that, now lets wear and tear off that keyring then haha Big Smile

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Let me make sure I have this correct……..

  • Is this the light you are referring to?
  • And the lanyard attaches on the tactical ring?
  • And this is what your lanyard looked like when it “broke” after 6 months use?
  • And you think it is Olight’s fault?
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Surely you jest………… Facepalm

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It has been said already but Olight , ThruNite , Nitecore , Manker and even the all mighty Surfire (all the companies) , more than likely buy the lanyards in bulk that come with their lights and throw one in with each light packaged.
None of them make the lanyards themselves more than likely and 90 to 95% of the lights you receive , regardless of the brand of light or the size of the light , come with the standard lanyard like you received with your Olight M22.

I have around 85 lights now in many different brands and only 4 or 5 of them have came with a heavier lanyard , no matter how large or how small the light itself is or the brand of light it is. Those that are heavier (nicer) lanyards , have the clip on the end. The thing with those is that they wear off the anodizing , so if that type of lanyard with a clip is supplied , then many people would be upset that their $200.00 light is getting scratched or having anodizing worn off from the metal to metal contact where it attaches.
It is really a NO win situation for any of the companies , as there will be probably be complaints no matter what they supply because everyone has their personal preferences.

I personally don’t use many lanyards , but the ones I do have attached to just a few of my lights are attached in one of 3 ways……..

1. I cut the little string completely off (like the one you have that broke) and run the heavy part of the lanyard itself through a split ring and attach it to the light.

2. I use the metal clip style lanyard , if the hole on the light is big enough to accommodate it , and attach that directly in the hole.

3. I use a split ring in the lanyard hole of the light and attach the metal clip style lanyard to that.

The pictures below show the 3 ends or attachment methods I would use , with the first picture using a lanyard like the one you have that “broke”. I really don’t see any of them breaking or wearing through , nearly as easy as the little string , even with the biggest of handheld lights out there , when attached in one of these ways.


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LMGTFY:
https://www.google.com/search?q=cutproof+lanyard

A variety of choices. They’ll cost you a bit more than you paid for the flashlight.

(These are made to prevent a thief cutting the strap and running off with your precioussss, or your arborist saw cutting through it by mistake …)

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This is just not looking that the lanyard is weared out

A 5 cent steel ring and there is no problem in the future

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Get you some 1.5 or 2 mm DYNEEMA and call it a day.

Just don’t wrap it around your wrist if there is a chance it or your light might get hung up on an object large enough to drag you. Cause it will rip your hand off before it will break. Wink

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Thanks Teacher, you just cost me $40! Silly

Marlow D12 Max 78 at 3mm is a black cord with a 3300 lb breaking load! Yes, a 1/8” cord with a ton and half capability! Rip your hand off, yup! Got some coming, now I have to learn to splice cord. lol

This sailing supply site likes the high end shipping options. I started not to buy because of that then realized even at some $2.00 a foot final cost it’d be some really cheap lanyards that would hold up exceptionally well. We’ll see how that plays out. I bought 20’ of this one. A 10mm cord could be used to tow a car for pete’s sake! (over 20,000 lb bursting strength on the D12 with SK75 Dyneema. Astonishing! Higher grades are much stronger of course.)

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Thanks Teacher, you just cost me $40! Silly
No problem my friend… anything to help further our collective obsessions. Wink

Yeah ‘DB’ that stuff is very expensive but it is amazing, to say the least.

Check out some of the breaking strengths on this Chart of Mooring Lines made of DYNEEMA by Samson Rope. ShockedShockedShockedUnreal!!! Wink

You can probably pick up some “splicing tips” on the Samson site too. Smile
Check out the video Why Splice first off.

And yeah, this is not something you would want tightly wrapped around your wrist in the form of a lanyard or use as a necklace unless it had a breakaway release. Otherwise you would be an injured or dead duck in a ‘hangup situation’.
Of course that probably applies to other products as well. Wink

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Which brings us full circle, back to the OP’s “issue”. Could it be that they intentionally use the small loop at the end of the lanyard as a safety release of sorts? Purposely sized down so it will break before too much damage is done to the user in a hang-up situation?

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Which brings us full circle, back to the OP’s “issue”. Could it be that they intentionally use the small loop at the end of the lanyard as a safety release of sorts? Purposely sized down so it will break before too much damage is done to the user in a hang-up situation?
Very possibly so. Thumbs Up

Kinda off subject, but several years ago in my town there was a city worker that was riding in the back of a truck with a flat dump with sides on it. They stopped to pick up some stuff on the side of the road and when he jumped out his wedding band caught on the siding and he hit and broke his neck. Killed him instantly. Sad

A freak accident, but it goes to show that things can happen fast and unexpectedly.

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I worked at a lumber yard and made deliveries to building sites for many years, drove a 20’ flat bed truck with a dump bed. There were stake slots and a protective band around the entire bed. Once I had a large load on the truck with various building materials, I’d gotten on top of the load to secure chimney flues and fire brick and in jumping off my toes caught in that protective steel band around the side of the bed. I pivoted down and did manage to get my hands up to catch myself but still broke a front tooth out, chipped my glasses, and broke my right elbow. It was like lightning, so instantaneous. So yeah, I know how fast things happen.

Maybe a 3000 lb strong lanyard isn’t the best of ideas, I have some 50 lb test Spiderwire I can tie the lanyard onto the light with, that should give a measure of breakaway while still being rot, chemical and abrasion resistant. Smile

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